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    Technical downhill videos suck! Well mine do....

    So I rode White Ranch again today and this time I cycled out to and looped Rawhide. I got to the steep rocky outcrop on the descent down to the gully which I have not cleaned before on my old XC bike. Now with the Tallboy LTc I felt a lot more confident! After getting the line wrong the first time I went back up and tried it again. This time I cleaned it nice. Then I wanted to do it again! This time on camera.

    Unfortunately for the second time in two days I forgot my GoPro so I tried to use my iPhone to capture the descent. The first "take" was the long shot. Reviewing it the footage looked flat and boring - like the drop was a lot tamer that it was. So I went up again and took a second "take" from the side. That sucked as well. First the camera was at an angle making it look flatter than it was (look how the trees slant back) and the camera was too close to the bike. You don't see the "big picture". But, at this point I called it quits. After riding it four times I thought I might be pushing my luck as there was not one else around today to save my bacon in a wreck.

    So, why do I suck at this?

    Also, how do you set up cameras so that technical descents actually look as intimidating as they look in real life?

    Anyway this is the final footage..... (I decided to leave the part with me walking back up for some depth perception).


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    Sorry.. but nothing will ever look technical in spandex manpris.


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    Technical downhill videos suck! Well mine do....

    Not spandex, wool!


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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    Sorry.. but nothing will ever look technical in spandex manpris.

    So funny! I think the trick is to use wide angle's and overhead shots.

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    Couldn't agree more. Doesn't matter how rad it looks in real life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYFvZkNx-eg

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    So forget the video and just tell stories. Moar better?

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    its just not that steep..
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    your big wheels over compensate for the small rocks making them invalid

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    your big wheels over compensate for the small rocks making them invalid
    True.

    Roll it on a Strider with full DH armor. Guaranteed uber-gnar.

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    Not quite up to a Schnauzer vid, but fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork View Post
    Not quite up to a Schnauzer vid, but fun to watch.
    Ran into Schnauzer at BC, said whaddup....

    Thanks for the Video there norm, and never mind these goons, they can only criticize vs. contributing anything worthwhile to this god forsaken forum..

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    Honestly you need a trail with a greater than 45 degree steep and some big rocks like the slot machine at blackjack or some sections up at keystone.

    or a 20" bmx bike with no brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    True.

    Roll it on a Strider with full DH armor. Guaranteed uber-gnar.
    LOL. Next time I'll take my son's old 16" wheel bike. That should be entertaining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    Honestly you need a trail with a greater than 45 degree steep and some big rocks like the slot machine at blackjack or some sections up at keystone.

    or a 20" bmx bike with no brakes
    The funny thing is is that the line I took is about or greater than 45 deg. I just doesn't look it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    they can only criticize vs. contributing anything worthwhile to this god forsaken forum..
    criticize? seriously?

    oh man.. this place.

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    Unfortunately it's just nearly impossible to ever capture the "gnar level" on vid without serious photo skills. Hit a big booter in real life, come back home and watch gopro footage of you bunny hopping a tiny pothole. Take a Rampage cliff most of us would be butt-scoot up to just to look over the edge in real life, toss it in video on pinkbike and watch a hundred kids tell you how they would boost that sh1zzle all day, no problem, for realz..

    Maybe someday 3D video tech will get there... in the mean time, you want it to look "big" in video, you've got to go "huge" in meatspace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    Unfortunately it's just nearly impossible to ever capture the "gnar level" on vid without serious photo skills. Hit a big booter in real life, come back home and watch gopro footage of you bunny hopping a tiny pothole. Take a Rampage cliff most of us would be butt-scoot up to just to look over the edge in real life, toss it in video on pinkbike and watch a hundred kids tell you how they would boost that sh1zzle all day, no problem, for realz..

    Maybe someday 3D video tech will get there... in the mean time, you want it to look "big" in video, you've got to go "huge" in meatspace.
    Funniest (and most accurate) description I've ever heard on the topic of hucking your meat.

    And this is why you should be content to leave the video camera at home at just tell the tall tales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    Honestly you need a trail with a greater than 45 degree steep and some big rocks like the slot machine at blackjack or some sections up at keystone.

    or a 20" bmx bike with no brakes
    Not always true, when I rode the slot machine on my 29er hardtail I thought it would be a good video, went home and watched the video and it looked lame. 29er wheels make things look small. Yes even the slot machine (which is not really even that gnar)

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    "Huge Meatspace Spandex Manpris"

    The name of my next band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    (which is not really even that gnar)
    Gotta cut snowskilz a break.. he's not in CO much anymore so he's quickly losing perspective on "gnar".. plus I heard he owns a 29'er. Has probably picked up some manpris as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    Gotta cut snowskilz a break.. he's not in CO much anymore so he's quickly losing perspective on "gnar".. plus I heard he owns a 29'er. Has probably picked up some manpris as well.
    I thought those were called shantz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    I thought those were called shantz?
    That sounds more like something that could happen _in_ a manpris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    That sounds more like something that could happen _in_ a manpris.
    That's a shart. At least that's what my nephew calls it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    That's a shart. At least that's what my nephew calls it.
    Looks like we're both right: Urban Dictionary: shantz


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    Quote Originally Posted by thump View Post
    Looks like we're both right: Urban Dictionary: shantz

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